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Using commercial stabilizer in home made ice cream

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1 hour ago, paulraphael said:

What stabilizer are you using? 

 

Avacream ice cream stabilizer mix.

Composition:

Guar gum

Mono diglycerides

Carrageenan

Suggested usage is 7 - 8 ounces per 15 gallons of ice cream.

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10 hours ago, paulraphael said:

You can do much better than Haagen Dazs chocolate! I promise. Unless 23&Me says you have a genetically determined proclivity for very mild milk chocolate.

 

Speaking as someone who previously stated she did not like chocolate ice cream I did not want to be too daring.

 

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12 hours ago, paulraphael said:

That's just about increasing the solids content of the ice cream. Doing it by evaporation is a really inefficient, roundabout, imprecise way to do it. Every time I read about that approach I do a bit of a face-palm. It's much simpler and more precise to just add more skim milk powder. 

 

Perhaps.  I don't think the method is only about reduction.  And I note Ruben has moved on to adding skim milk powder to many recipes to reduce the reduction time.  But one cannot argue with results.  Most of us are playing with this for science or our own amusement.  Ruben is producing ice cream for paying customers.  And generously sharing information, I might add.

 

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On 7/4/2019 at 1:20 AM, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

Perhaps.  I don't think the method is only about reduction.  And I note Ruben has moved on to adding skim milk powder to many recipes to reduce the reduction time.  But one cannot argue with results.

 

 

I'm just suggesting that you can get the exact same results with simpler, faster, more predictable methods. I understand that people like these recipes, but this doesn't confirm the analysis of why the recipes give the results that they do. Nor does it confirm that the given method is the only way (or the most efficient way) to achieve those results. 

 

With very high-fat, high solids recipes that include lots of egg yolk, you really don't need any special processing to get Ruben-esque textures. You've got very little water to control, and tons of stabilization and emulsification from egg proteins. If you like this style of ice cream, almost anything you do will give technically good results. 


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I want to make some strawberry sherbet before strawberry season ends.  The recipe I have calls for citric acid or malic acid.  I have neither and beyond this recipe have no use for either.  Is there something else I can use?  I vaguely recall someone saying you could use a vitamin C tablet.  Any advice?

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4 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

I want to make some strawberry sherbet before strawberry season ends.  The recipe I have calls for citric acid or malic acid.  I have neither and beyond this recipe have no use for either.  Is there something else I can use?  I vaguely recall someone saying you could use a vitamin C tablet.  Any advice?


A vitamin C tablet is mostly ascorbic acid and won't add that tart freshness that citric and malic add. I'd be inclined to use fresh lemon juice as a substitute before I'd use ascorbic acid.

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On 8/23/2019 at 5:58 PM, ElsieD said:

I want to make some strawberry sherbet before strawberry season ends.  The recipe I have calls for citric acid or malic acid.  I have neither and beyond this recipe have no use for either.  Is there something else I can use?  I vaguely recall someone saying you could use a vitamin C tablet.  Any advice?

 

I'd start by tasting your strawberries. Unless you're getting really great ones at the peak of season, you may find that they're more than acidic enough on their own. Some of the early batches of strawberry ice cream I made this season included citric acid (in the form of lemon juice), and came out so tart that it could have passed for frozen yogurt. Leaving out all additional acids gave results that were plenty tart.

 

But if you feel you have to add acid, just throw in a bit of lemon juice, as T2C said. It will add much more citric acid than lemon flavor. 


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